Sep 012012
 

Reposted from Kate Belgrave with thanks

Protestors clash with police at the department for work and pensions.

Have a lot of video to upload from today – here’s the start.

This protest was called by UK Uncut and Disabled People Against Cuts as the closing ceremony to the Atos Games week – five days of events and demonstrations against Atos’ involvement in the fiasco that is work capability assessments for people on employment and support allowance.

These first videos were taken inside the protest outside the Department for Work and Pensions in the afternoon. It’s shaky, because I was pushed over a few times, but it rights itself here and there. There were fiery scenes, all right, and the police were pretty free with their hands:

 

More pushing from the police:

The protest began in Triton Square at Atos headquarters, then moved across town to the DWP’s Wesminster offices after a couple of hours. That’s where things began to kick off. There were hundreds of people present and things got pretty unpleasant. The lack of mainstream reporting of this protest seems extraordinary – as someone who was in the middle of it all day, I can tell you that it was well-attended and pretty full-on.

Outside the DWP, DPAC’s Adam Lotun tells protestors that people have entered the building with a list of demands for Maria Miller. He also announces his candidacy for the upcoming Corby byelection. That should be interesting – particularly for Labour:

This video is from earlier in the day outside Atos’ headquarters where people started yelling at police, security and a guy in a red tie who refused to answer questions about the company’s WCA record:

Nov 272011
 

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On Wednesday over 3 million public sector employees will take strike action together but the only legal reason unions can strike on November 30th is over planned changes to their pensions. We know that for the vast majority of public sector employees the coming strike is really about much wider issues. It is a strike to save our services from privatisation and ultimately destruction by the millionaire government who currently hold power.

The patterns of welfare abolition we are now seeing in the UK follow those seen in theUS,Canada,Australia, and other parts of northern Europe. The first targets of these abolition programmes being uninsured benefits, such as Income Support and income-related IB and ESA, followed closely by the abolition of entitlement to contributory benefits which people are entitled to through paying national insurance contributions. The final target of welfare abolition is pensions, both those of public sector workers and state pensions which are disgustingly already amongst the lowest in Europe.

Even though state pensions are amongst the lowest in Europe this government have moved to further reduce the amount people have to live on in later life by changing pensions indexation from RPI to CPI knocking 15% off the value of pension in average retirement. This too will be the case with benefit up-ratings in the future and we already know that Osborne is planning to renege on benefit uprating next year arbitrarily changing the link between benefit rates and inflation rates.

DPAC are asking anyone who can to support their local strikes on Wednesday and for anyone who can’t to contact David Cameron and Nick Clegg to say they support the strike.

You can contact David on facebook http://www.facebook.com/DavidCameron

Or log onto send him an email at hhtp:// email.number10,gov.uk

Or you can telephone David on 020 72193475

Nick Clegg can be found on facebook http://www.facebook.com/nickclegg

Or you can email him at nick.clegg.mp@parliament.uk
Tell them why you want to help get rid of them and what their policies are doing to your life.
In London disabled people will be at Triton Square on the morning of the November 30th from 8.30am where we’ll be joining the PCS picket line outside Euston Towerand will no doubt be paying Atos a visit.  Keep an eye on the website or facebook page for more details:http://www.facebook.com/events/122853381158514/
And for post-strike excitement the following day on December 1st
We have Ian Duncan Smith, butcher of benefits venturing out to meet protesters
1st December – 5.30pm-6.30pm
LSE Campus, Aldwych

WREXHAM; Assemble Queen’s Square 11.30am, march to rally at Little Theatre
12.30 pm.

Protest at Iain Duncan Smith’s LSE Talk.  Millionaire Iain Duncan Smith wants you to join his army of unpaid workers. Come and expose his doublespeak!